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Belinda Dixon

UK Travel Writer | Audio & Podcast Producer | Copywriter

Location icon United Kingdom

I have more than twenty years’ experience as a writer and copywriter specialising in travel, destinations, and the outdoors. Clients include Lonely Planet, Ordnance Survey, tourist boards, universities and leisure brands. My text inspires people to explore, discover and maybe even realise a dream. My content is emotionally intelligent, high-quality and crafted with flair. Formats include books, podcasts, articles, apps, web pages, newsletters and blogs. An experienced BBC radio broadcaster, I record, edit and mix the audio for Ordnance Survey's Secret Stories app and their GetOutside podcasts. I create podcasts and audio that empowers and inspires, communicates key messages, and strengthens the bond between consumer and brand.

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Belinda Dixon

More than 10 years working as a Lonely Planet writer has seen me heading out on the road in places as diverse as Bath, Bristol, Devon, Cornwall, south west England, Ireland, Iceland and Italy. Working on numerous guidebooks through a CMS has honed my research and writing skills. Big projects for leading brands mean I’m comfortable delivering large commissions on time, to budget and to a high standard. They’ve also led to endless adventures and a desire to enable others to have the same.

Ordnancesurvey
11/17/2019
Ordnance Survey's Urban Maps: London & Edinburgh

Ordnance Survey wanted to encourage people to explore urban spaces. So Walk London and Walk Edinburgh saw us unearthing intriguing stories and green places. We discovered routes, walked paths and marked-up maps. We then wrote about them in ways that resonate and inspire.

Lonely Planet
03/02/2020
Sustainability: what Lundy Island can teach us about saving the planet - Lonely Planet

As well as writing map text, web content and guidebooks, I also delve deeper into destinations for online articles. Such as this one on how Lundy Island is making its tourism industry as sustainable as possible. "Just setting sail for Lundy feels like an adventure. At the north Devon ports of Ilfracombe and Biddeford you board the MS Oldenburg, a 1950s supply ship decked out in brass and wood. Some two hours of often surging seas later a slab of granite just 5km by 1km rears...

OS GetOutside
GetOutside Podcast series | OS GetOutside

I'm delighted to produce, record and edit the GetOutside podcast for Ordnance Survey. This is a podcast that's so outdoorsy you can almost smell the wood smoke. Each edition heads deep into Britain's wild spaces, bringing you compelling interviewees, inspiration and information to help you get active outdoors.

Ordnance Survey
Secret Stories app

I’m adept at tailoring my style to suit different audiences. From nudging American adults to set off on road trips for TripAdvisor and Visit California, to making history fun for 8 year-old kids – via Ordnance Survey’s Secret Stories app.

Horizonguides
Walking Holidays In The UK

Work on walking routes includes commissions for Horizon, producers of ethical, in depth guides that celebrate experiential travel. It’s seen me selecting hiking routes in the British Isles, researching them and writing about them in ways that will have you itching to pull on your boots.

OS GetOutside
Nine ways to explore closer to home | OS GetOutside

I’m a keen advocate of the adventures and explorations people can have right here in the UK - especially amid current travel restrictions. It prompted me to write this piece for Ordnance Survey on finding quieter, local outdoor spaces and experiencing them in new, exciting ways.

OS GetOutside
Winter family adventures | OS GetOutside

My most popular Ordnance Survey GetOutside podcast saw us investigating your winter family adventure dilemmas. When we asked parents what got in the way of spending time outdoors in the colder months you could feel the angst. People who wanted desperately to do the right thing but felt frustrated by schedules and finances, access and safety. So we made a podcast packed with tips on enjoying time-savvy, low-cost, close-to-home family fun outside.

University of Aberdeen & Lonely Planet
01/03/2011
Aberdeen - Studying in the Silver City

This 17,000 word Lonely Planet B2B commission was all about showing why the client’s product matched the customer’s needs

Visitthanet
02/02/2013
Visit Thanet

Finding factors that help people connect with destinations and brands, shaping narratives, crafting text. Evoking the senses, people and place. Driving traffic, raising awareness, prompting conversion. I used these skills in a 30,000-word commission for Visit Ashford, Visit Thanet and Visit Kent.

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